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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) On Sunday, Mexican authorities stated that they found the wreckage of a small plane that they believe was carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera.
Six others, including two pilots, were also believed to be on board the plane. The aircraft took off from Monterrey, Mexico and then lost contact with air traffic controllers.
Communication and Transportation Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza told media outlets that the wreckage site discovered in the northern state of Nuevo Leon will soon be evaluated and authorities can soon confirm what is there.
Authorities also believe that the aircraft was destroyed and there are no survivors.
Rivera, who reportedly released her debut album in 1999, was known for singing traditional Mexican ballads. She was also nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in 2002 in the category of “Best Banda Album.”
Rivera, 43,also served as a judge on the popular TV show, “The Voice, Mexico,” which was scheduled to air Sunday night. However, due to growing concern for Rivera, a special segment on the singer aired in its place.
Rivera’s private LearJet took off from Monterrey at 3:15 a.m. and lost contact with air traffic controllers approximately 60 miles away.